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Posts from October 2011

Oct 19

Up and running with Zappa, Coffeescript & Mongoose

By Brian Corrigan

At Major League Gaming we recently launched an internal profile service using NodeJS. In an effort to get more familiar with Node, I decided to use it on my latest personal project. In addition, since CoffeeScript is now included out of the box in Rails 3.1 I decided it was time to try that too. Here’s a simple app to get you up and running with Node, Zappa, Coffeescript & Mongoose.

To get it working:

  • Install MongoDB
  • Install NodeJS
  • Install NPM
  • npm install -g mongoose
  • npm install -g zappa
  • Run the gist ‘coffee’

Dig it?  Follow me  @genexp

Oct 4

How to: Create a user on S3 and grant access to a bucket

By Brian Corrigan

In our never ending quest to spend more time on software creation and less time on software administration Clarke and I moved our content team from a self managed FTP site to an S3 account.

Besides, administering an FTP site is so 1971.

It took an hour or two to figure out the proper permissions, so I’m documenting them here for posterity. Read on if you’re interested.

  1. Login to the S3 management tool and create a bucket. Write down the name!
  2. Login to the Amazon Identity & Access Management tool and create a group.
  3. Create users and add them to the group you created. Write down the secret key and access key for each user.
  4. Edit the group and attach a group policy. Here’s the one I used.
  5. Download Cyberduck - It’s cross-platform, open source and is simple to setup and use. While you’re there donate a few bucks. { "Statement": [ { "Action": [ "s3:ListAllMyBuckets" ], "Effect": "Allow", "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::*" }, { "Action": "s3:*", "Effect": "Allow", "Resource": [ "arn:aws:s3:::my_bucket", "arn:aws:s3:::my_bucket/*" ] } ] }
  6. Open up Cyberduck, choose Amazon S3 and test using a Secret Key/Access Key pair.